19th Century Hausa & Fulani Jihadi's inspire Boko Haram

October 13, 2014 0 Comments Bloggies by Graham Penrose

Boko Haram was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf, a Muslim cleric and Wahhabi theologian who created a school promoting radical Islamic principles (United States Institute of Peace, 2012). The derivation of Boko Haram translated means “Western education is a sin” (Owolade, 2014).

Under Yusuf’s leadership, Boko Haram furthered its radical agenda with a bloody campaign of violence against rural communities. (Ndege & Essa, 2013). After Yusuf died in police custody in 2009, Abubakar Shekau rose to power and continued to spread the sect’s extremist philosophies. (Dorrell, 2014). Violence increased after the 2010 election of President Goodluck Jonathan, a Southern Christian (Owolade, 2014).